When it comes to staying in London, you’ll never be stuck for a good view. Whether at the natural heights of Primrose Hill or taking a trip on the iconic London Eye, there’ll always be a view to marvel at. Of course, not all views come with other perks involved, and the Shard is one of the few incredible views in London which comes alongside many other attributes. Whether you’re on a business trip or taking a London Weekend Break with a loved one, the Shard is a great place to enjoy quality time with both professional and personal relations, enjoying high class cuisine and jaw dropping views in equal measure.
The Background of the Shard
The Shard was opened on the 6th July 2012 and is the tallest building in London. It is also the 4th tallest building in Europe at a height of 244.3 metres. The building itself was created by architect Renzo Piano from Italy and consists of 72 floor and a private open air observation deck. Southwark towers were once the buildings which sat on its site, which was built in 1975 but has now been replaced after the British government began to encourage the building of tall buildings near transport hubs. The Shard is also known as the “Shard of Glass” due to its pointed top and for the fact that it is made from a staggering 11,000 panels of glass. This amounts to a whopping 56,000 square metres.
What is there at the Shard?
The Shard consists of a variety of public and private areas. These include offices and companies such as Al Jazeera, South Hook Gas, New State Corporation, the Warwick Business School and various other high profile companies who vary in their professions. The building is also home to various privately owned residences and flats. Of course, unless you work at the Shard these will be of no interest to you and instead as a public visitor you should focus on the restaurants, public observation deck and hotels in the building. With Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard you can be sure to find amazing food on floors 31 to 33 whilst the Shangri La hotel also offers great dining on the 34th to 52nd floors. For the observation decks, head to the 68th to 72nd floors whilst the narrow spire runs from the 73rd to the 95th floors.
Where to Eat at the Shard?
The Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard are the main restaurants in The Shard. The Oblix offers trendy urban dining whilst Hutong is based on the restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong. The Hutong offers some of the best Chinese food in London with its signature Northern China dishes whilst the Aqua Shard is one of the classiest bars in the city.
How to Get to the Shard?
The Shard is easy to get to from the London Suites Montcalm due to its proximity to London Bridge station. Taking this line you can reach The Shard through the Northern Line and railway services at London Bridge.